September 16th, 2008
04:27 PM ET
14 years ago

NEW AD: McCain says he can keep jobs safe

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain is out with a new ad touting his ability to promote the economy."](CNN) - John McCain released a new television ad Tuesday telling voters he will protect them from the nation's economic woes: "Your savings, your jobs ... I'll keep them safe."

"The economy is in crisis. Enough is enough. I'll meet this financial crisis head on," McCain says in the new ad - the first in several weeks from his presidential campaign that does not attack Obama directly.

"Reform Wall Street. New rules for fairness and honesty. I won't tolerate a system that puts you and your family at risk," he also says. "Your savings, your jobs ... I'll keep them safe."

Obama sharply criticized McCain on Monday when the Arizona senator said the fundamentals of the economy are still strong, even as the 158-year-old investment firm Lehman Brothers shocked Wall Street when it filed for bankruptcy protection. McCain later said he was referencing the strength of American workers.

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  1. GREG

    McCain's flagrant STEALING of Obama's signiture lines is a VERY OLD BUT POTENT CAMPAIGN TACTIC. When your own position stinks, steal your opponents fire. Clinton did it to Dole in 1996. Don't be played.

    These times are WAY TOO SERIOUS to vote for a candidate that plagiarizes as a chess move manoever, doing anything to "win". We need to vote for the candidate with a solid consistent change message that is in our best interests. That would be BARACK OBAMA.

    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Lacy

    flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.

    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. jade

    I predict big time voter fraud on the Obama side. He learned dirty Chicago poitics and how to screw Alice Palmer out of a victory.

    Check out his ties to "ACORN". I heard a pundit say this election will make the Bush/Gore/Florida debacle look like a tea party and could very well take a month before all is settled and we really know who got what votes.

    I just feel the Axlerod/Obama machine is primed and ready to cheat.

    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. steve

    stop taking Baracks lines. At the DNC Barack said enough, John Please stop... it is getting sad.

    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Darryl



    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. John in Ohio

    "And I base this promise on absolutely nothing. Trust Big Brother McCain. He is your friend."

    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. DB

    What the bleep is this? Enough is Enough? Yah, enough of the boneheaded republican economic philosophy that created this mess.

    And another thing, now that John McCain is talking about change and saying "enough is enough" is he going to start saying "Yes we can!" reform washington (without changing the guiding philosophies) and say I "Hope" these idiotic priniciples will start working when I'm in power. Or "I am the one, I've been waiting for!"


    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. EC

    Well it's all well and good that he says those things... does he have any sort of plan on how to actually implement those ideas?

    September 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Maggie

    Why can't he create his own themes? Why does he keep copying Obama? What a phony!

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Sue in MI

    New rules for honesty? Really? I think you screwed that one up along about the time you chose "reformer" Palin as VP. Is anybody buying this?

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. V

    I'll believe that when pigs fly!

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Steve

    McCain has also said he's stop big payouts for CEOs. The small detail he forgets to tell the American public is that he has no power over companies employment roles, nor does he have the power to stop big payouts to CEOs. These are privately-held companies. A president cannot reach down and mandate that these companies stop paying their CEOs. A president cannot reach down and tell a company to retain people.

    And how will he keep our savings safe? The FDIC already insures up to 100,000 in savings, if you have your money in a bank. What will John McCain do that's different?

    As long as McCain is making promises he can't keep, can I get a unicorn and a permanent rainbow in my front yard?

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Louis

    McSame/Perjury 08

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Blue

    After over half a century since the discovery of computer, the Republican nominee, John McCain, still don't know how to use a computer. The question is: where's the brain in the head?
    Or should this be a case of the dullest brain ruling the mightiest nation in the world?
    The further down we go, the further other countries like China laugh at us.
    Be wise, Americans!!!

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. L for Legend

    And the LIES just keep on coming. Is there an end to his madness?

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. scoot

    Notice he doesnt say anything about Obama and the Bobots still complain. to bad your man has nothing but remarks about McCaine and the repubs all the time. whats his plan? telling us how bad things are and palin nana nana boo boo all the time.

    September 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Daryl from Seattle

    Does McCain care to explain what "Reform" means to him? Is it anything like how Bush brought "Liberty" and "Freedom" to the Iraqis? Cause if that's the case, I want absolutely no parts of it. Reform can mean ANYTHING. Reform it into what Senator McCain?

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Obama Supporter!

    Safely outsourced like GW has for the last 8 years!
    No Thanks, No way, No How, No Mccain/Palin!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Bacusla

    Judgement – is this how he hopes to win this election?


    Obama/Biden '08

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. John McPain

    I don't get it. He just said the economy was strong. Hist party favored the deregulation that got us here. His adviser just called us a bunch of whiners.

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Handyman

    I've been listening at Obama and Biden blaming John McCain and George Bush for the poor economy all day. Have I missed something? In 2006 the Democrats took control of both hosues of Congress. Dems have been in control of the financial regulatory switch for almost two years... Why have they let this happen?

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Sally from Cali

    Would somebody write some original material for McCain.

    He keeps stealing Obama's slogans and speeches. The next thing you know he's going to be saying, "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message".

    But he is learning from the best. That's just like a typical, tired, old guy, taking a young guy's idea and saying he invented it – like the blackberry, yeah, right.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. GO SARAH!

    Poor CNN. Remember how during the primary, Anderson would cry because Hillary wouldn't do an interview with him? CNN and Anderson Cooper are both so far inside Obama's distal colon that Hillary wouldn't reduce herself to even acknowledging them......

    Well, what has happened in the General Election so far?
    Sarah Palin, another WOMAN, is nominated for VP of the Republican Party. First time in history.
    CNN's reaction?
    Campbell Brown loses it and goes into an absolute hissy fit for two full days.
    CNN belittles Palin's record with Paul Begala coming out with LIE after LIE about her record. Example, "She cut the budget for special needs kids by 62%!!!!" Liar. She TRIPLED the budget. Begala says she must have learned to give a good speech from her "beauty pageant days".
    CNN had on, (who by the way I used to respect) James Carville..... he holds up a photo of the outside of Palin's Mayoral office and demeans anything she accomplished and in the true-democratic way, insults small towns'd think they would have learned by now......
    CNN ships every pundit they have to Alaska to seek out and find ANY of the 15% who don't approve of Palin's job as Governor so they can say, "see, she's not really liked"
    CNN goes on a witch hunt to find her past churches and pastors to see if they can uncover a "Reverend Wright" moment. What did they find? A devout Christian that works bipartisanly with independents and democrats who doesn't let her deep religious feelings get in the way of working for the Alaskan people.
    CNN seeks out the disgusting trooper of "Trooper-Gate"...what do they find? A horrible human being that should be in JAIL.
    CNN seeks out a left wing-nut environmentalist who says Palin's performance on the environment is "abbismal" (sorry about that spelling)...with Plin's 85% approval rating from Alaskans, this is pure garbage. BTW, she IS the most popular Governor in the entire U.S.
    CNN gives the "old college try" to demeaning her selling an airplane for 2.1 million dollars, (after the greedy Gov. before her paid too much for it) demeans her refusing to build the bridge to nowhere and using the money for other infrastructure projects needed in her state...a project that BOTH BIDEN AND OBAMA voted FOR, who also could have sent the money to Katrina victims, but they voted AGAINST that.
    CNN then realizes, wow, she may actually be the real deal, then decides to maybe show a little "Who is Sarah Palin" but just can't help themselves from belittling anything positive they find.
    David Gergen starts to cry, Roland Martin FINALLY comes out and says he backs Obama, Wolf looks confused, and of course, just as I expected, Cafferty comes back on air with a new-found love for Hillary Clinton.....laughable.
    CNN then sees Gibson of ABC, Hannity from FOX and Catie Couric from CBS get the first interviews....then CNN continues on by calling her a liar (the new unfounded and oh so meritless Obama talking point) for the past 4 days in a row.
    I really wonder why Palin won't talk to CNN......hmmmmm anyone out there have a clue why?????????

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Bill W

    So he's going to spread his personal wealth around to all who lost their jobs?

    September 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Olivia

    "The economy is in crisis" (Sep 16) vs. "the fundamentals of the economy are still strong" (Sep 15). Flip-flop, flip-flop, he doesn't get it.

    "I'll meet this financial crisis head on" How? inventing the "blackberry"?

    "Reform Wall Street. New rules for fairness and honesty. I won't tolerate a system that puts you and your family at risk," Well, that is exactly what he did during the last 26 years by diregulating the finantial markets ... he put in place this risky system with his senate vote in 1999. He used to say his nick name was "diregulator."

    "Your savings, your jobs … I'll keep them safe." But he is pro- economic liberalization and pro trade agreeements that out-sourced jobs, decreased the value of US dollar and reduced the competitiveness of American industry. What a Joke!

    "Enough is enough" still copy-cat from Obama. Trying to steal the Obama mantel ...Hmmmm

    I say EIGHT is enough!

    September 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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